Written by Maxwell Shepherd
October 26, 2023
Perth Festival 2023 – Madman Favourites
Perth Festival has returned for 2023 with the exciting announcement of their full program for this year’s festival. This year Perth in addition to films will be showcasing performances across multiple disciplines including music, dance, literature and visual art.
The festival’s film components feature a diverse array of film from around the world, which is certain to appeal to any cinephiles interests. Highlights from the festival include award winning masterpieces from Cannes, Berlin and Sundance.
Here are some of our top picks from this year’s program
Tickets are on sale now for Festival Club and Industry member with public access this coming Monday!
The Perth Film Festival program runs from 20th November to end of March 2024.
COPA 71 (20 – 26 Nov)
‘With a relentless pace and plenty of kick, Copa 71 makes it easy to get swept up in the excitement.’ VARIETY
With the country still basking in the excitement of the Matildas’ world cup performance, it’s time for another emotional soccer ride.
COPA 71 the story of the 1971 Women’s World Cup, which saw soccer teams from all over the world gather in Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium to compete in front of more than 100,000 spectators. It was the last women’s World Cup until the official FIFA event 20 years later. Dismissed by the male-dominated football associations around the world, the event was written out of history — until now.
ROBOT DREAMS (18 – 24 Dec)
‘One of the loveliest movies that you will see this year, animated or otherwise.’ THE WRAP
Based on the popular graphic novel by North American writer Sara Varon, Robot Dreams is the first animation film by award-winning director Spanish Pablo Berger.
Dog lives in Manhattan and he’s tired of being alone. One day he decides to build himself a robot, a companion. Their friendship blossoms, until they become inseparable, to the rhythm of 80’s NYC. One summer night, Dog, with great sadness, is forced to abandon Robot at the beach. Will they ever meet again?Book Tickets
ANATOMY OF A FALL (1 – 7 Jan)
‘A gripping and gratifyingly rich drama … a director and actress in peak form.’ THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Winner Palme d’Or 2023 Cannes Film Festival
Sandra, Samuel and their visually impaired son Daniel have been living in a remote mountain location for the past year. When Samuel is found dead outside the house, an investigation for death in suspicious circumstances is launched. Amidst the uncertainty, Sandra is indicted: was it suicide or homicide? A year later Daniel attends his mother’s trial, a veritable dissection of his parents’ relationship.Book Tickets
PERFECT DAYS (15 – 21 Jan)
‘Wenders’ most lovely and vital work in decades.’ COLLIDER
Winner Best Actor 2023 Cannes Film Festival
After several years away from the silver screen, Wim Wenders (The Salt of the Earth, 2015) is back with a poignant character study and a deeply moving, poetic reflection on finding beauty in the everyday world around us.Book Tickets
THE ZONE OF INTEREST (29 Jan – Feb 4)
‘A remarkable film — chilling and profound, meditative and immersive.’ VARIETY
Winner Grand Prix 2023 Cannes Film Festival
Based on the novel by Martin Amis, The Zone of Interest weds banal and overt acts of evil with unforgettable reminders of resistance. We reside inside the family’s encampment, with background voices of ghost-like prisoners muffled by the perpetrator’s quotidian musings.
MONSTER (5 – 11 Feb)
‘A film created with a great moral intelligence and humanity.’ THE GUARDIAN
The new film from Palme d’Or winner Kore-eda Hirokazu (Broker, Shoplifters) that won Best Screenplay at Cannes this year.
When her young son Minato starts to behave strangely, his mother feels that there is something wrong. Discovering that a teacher is responsible, she storms into the school demanding to know what’s going on. But as the story unfolds through the eyes of mother, teacher and child, the truth gradually emerges.Book Tickets
RADICAL (18 – 24 Mar)
‘Zalla teaches a lesson on how to deliver an affirming, emotional gut punch.’ NEW YORK POST
Winner Festival Favourite Award 2023 Sundance Film Festival
In a Mexican border town plagued by neglect, corruption and violence, a frustrated teacher (Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez) tries a radical new method to break through his students’ apathy and unlock their curiosity and potential – and maybe even their genius.